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Teeth Whitening Vs. Veneers

At Cedar Ridge Esthetic and Family Dentistry, we believe that everyone deserves a confident smile that is bright white and perfectly straight. Today, it is difficult to determine what will work best for you when there are so many aesthetic and restorative alternatives. Two of the most popular choices are teeth whitening and veneers. Both teeth whitening and dental veneers have their advantages and disadvantages. At our dental office in Urbandale, Iowa, we provide both procedures and want to make sure that each patient is aware of their options.


Teeth Whitening

Today, one of the most popular and least expensive cosmetic procedures is teeth whitening. In just one hour, it can transform the appearance of your smile. Teeth whitening can make your straight smile even brighter if you are already satisfied with the appearance of your teeth’ alignment. We provide professional teeth whitening services that can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile.

Many artificial additives and colors are found in the meals and beverages we consume. These foods and drinks can stain our teeth, making them discolored and undesirable over time. We use a strong whitening chemical in our teeth whitening that penetrates deep into the enamel in our dental office. The procedure is a non-invasive, permanent process. 

Only your natural teeth will benefit from teeth whitening. This means that the whitening gel will not brighten dental implants, crowns, bridges, or dentures if you have them. You’ll need to talk to your dentist about brightening these devices individually. Before you whiten your teeth, the dentist will discuss your desired results, ensuring that the entire procedure is tailored to your needs.



Veneers are very popular since they may whiten and modify the contour of your teeth. They can straighten your teeth and offer you a new smile without requiring several surgeries. They are thin porcelain plates that serve as a protective shell for your teeth. They are custom-made to fit the anatomy of your teeth and are bonded to the surface of your teeth. Veneers can improve a variety of elements of your teeth, but they specifically target the following characteristics: 

  • Misalignment
  • Gaps
  • Uneven Tooth Lengths
  • Stains or Discoloration¬†

Veneers are a procedure that can be done in as little as two visits to the dentist’s office. During the first visit, our doctor, Dr. Ayah Bilbeisi, will take x-rays and impressions of your teeth that she will use to create the veneers. Dr. Bilbeisi will carefully note your desired shape, shade, and length of veneers, and at a later visit, you will return to have the veneers placed. The enamel of your teeth will need to be shaved down in order to create room for the veneers in your mouth. Once placed, the veneers will be permanent and will become your new, natural teeth.¬†


Teeth Whitening vs. Veneers – Which is Better?

Teeth whitening and dental veneers can improve and transform your smile’s appearance, giving you greater confidence. Each has advantages and disadvantages, and the dentist’s recommendation will be based on your specific condition. We invite you to explore our website in-depth, reading about each procedure. If you have any questions, please let us know. Visit Cedar Ridge Esthetic and Family Dentistry in Urbandale, Iowa, now to learn more about what we have to offer.